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2013 Nissan Armada Platinum SUV

2013 Nissan Armada Review

(0 Stars)  An old-school SUV.

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New For 2013
The new Platinum Package includes twenty-inch wheels, chocolate/almond leather upholstery, and dark satin chrome accents. A USB port is standard on all models, Bluetooth is standard on SLs, and a power passenger seat is standard on SVs. There are five new paint colors: midnight garnet, graphite blue, gun metallic, pearl white, and Java metallic.
Overview
The Armada is something of a rarity in new-car lots: a truck-based, eight-passenger SUV. Large SUVs aren’t as popular as they were a decade ago, but the Armada does some things that other vehicles can’t. It easily takes on unpaved terrain, thanks to a tough truck chassis and beefy low-range four-wheel drive, and it can tow up to 9000 pounds. The three-row cabin isn’t quite as cavernous as the exterior dimensions suggest, but space is plentiful. The quality of some interior materials is wanting, but the space can be dressed up with optional wood trim and leather. The Armada comes with such standard items as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, a power driver’s seat, an eight-speaker sound system, and power-adjustable pedals. The lengthy options list includes push-button start, a power liftgate, Bluetooth, touch-screen navigation, and a rear-seat DVD player. The sole powertrain is a stout 5.6-liter V-8 and a five-speed automatic transmission, with rear- or four-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive models have a low-range mode with crawl ratios for extreme towing or off-roading. Compared with its rivals, the big Nissan drives more like a truck and less like a luxury machine. It is, however, still a worthy choice if you need to haul a big family, travel through the woods, and tow a boat—all at the same time.

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2013 Armada Platinum Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.6L V 8 DOHC with Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 13 MPG city, 19 MPG highway, 15 MPG combined and 420 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
28.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 317 hp @ 5,200 rpm; 385 ft lb of torque @ 3,400 rpm

'13 Nissan Platinum SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
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Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
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Side Steps
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Adjustable Pedals
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Limited Slip Differential
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Self-Leveling Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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Trailer Harness
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Trailer Hitch
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